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with this fox news alert with kathleen sebelius who has returned to capitol hill for round two on the botched obamacare rollout. good morning, i am jon scott. >> and i am harris faulkner and for generally. last night was the house and today the senate finance committee. we have been following this on the fox news channel and the health and human services secretary is fielding tough questions from both sides of the political aisle. there is a mad -- to fix it. peter ducey begins our live coverage. reporter: that is right, secretary kathleen sebelius says that hhs is on a aggressive schedule. basically a bunch of problems listed in order of importance. experts have assured the administration and health care.gov is not fatally flawed in that it does not need to go off-line to get fixed. >> given the fact that various fixes, particularly of functionality fixes have to be written in batches, it has been advised that you don't gain much from this taken the whole system down for a couple of weeks, it's better to do this on an ongoing basis. >> the ranking republican on the senate finance committee,
the penalty phase from midmarch and when kathleen sebelius was asked about that she said no. there is a practical reason, forget the politics of it. if you give the young healthy people more time to sign up, then there's the danger they will not sign up and the premiums will go up for the older people. it is an income redistribution plan. young people put in their premium money and don't demand a lot in services and so that money will go to pay for the extra benefits for older and sicker people. if you don't have the first part older sicker people will get sticker shock and creates more political problems. >> is there a dead line for that end of november or first of the year or -- >> i would think. not necessarily. i think he could go into early next year. no one faces penalty in the individual mandate until the 30th of march. >> 16 democrats, of them are they all up for reelection or most of them? >> no. most of them. the 15 seats, 16 seats, democrats are defending and some of those in montana. max ba cchus retired. and every democrat who is up for election. and they are al
secretary kathleen sebelius had a bad day on capitol hill, telling president obama kept his health care promise, that obama care is working while apologizing for the fact that it doesn't. i'm lou dobbs. >>> good evening, everybody. hhs secretary kathleen sebelius today testified before the house energy and commerce committee. on the disastrous obama carrollout. sebelius took responsibility for the website failure while making the outrageous claim that the website has actually never crashed. >> we were anxious to get the website up and running and functional, which we clearly have failed to do to date, although i would suggest the website has never crashed, it is functional but at a very slow speed and very low reliability and has continued to function. >> and at the very moment that sebelius made that statement, the healthcare.gov system was down. and it stayed down for the duration of the hearing. sebelius did offer an apology, and she told the committee to hold her accountable for the obama care failure. while insisting that the president did not lie when he repeatedly told americans
on assurances they got from me. >> during the interview, the president defended hhs secretary kathleen sebelius. >> i think kathleen sebelius, under difficult circumstances over the last four and a half years has done a great job in setting up the insurance markets so there is a good product out there for people to get. kathleen sebelius doesn't write code. she wasn't the i.t. person. the buck stops with me. i'm the president. this is my team. if it's not working, it's my job to get it fixed. >> julianna, what does the white house think of the apology? what were they trying to do here? >> the fact you heard sorry come out of the president's mouth recognizes, means they recognize they have a problem on their hands. between the website, the controversy over people's coverage getting canceled, it's opened the door. it's to legitimize having the credibility. >> they consider it a big deal. we heard people close to them for a long time saying they feel like if they ever admit the mistake, then the door. >> it's a big deal they said sorry. itis what the sorry is about. the sorry is not for what he sa
. bill: tomorrow we have kathleen sebelius back. it is her turn then. she faces the questions from the senate committee. senator john thune sits on that senate committee. it's been a week, what kind of improvements have you made. how much further do we have to go. senator thune on that. er. >> learn about the gunman who opened gunfire on a shopping mall in new jersey. witnesses describe the chaos as they were leaving last night. >> gunshots echoed through the mall. there were a lot of customers that they hear a gunman on the loose and shots fire, we need to get out. i got them out of the store and just kept waving them on. >> nobody knew what was going on. our instinct was to tell the manager to close the store gate. we did that. then we heard another gunshot. at that type we were all traumatized and shake. >> all we wanted to to was get safe. >> people were dropping stuff and literally running for their lives. bill: what do we know know about what happened last night? >> reporter: it was 10 minutes before closing type when this gunman walked into this mall he just opened fire rand
services secretary kathleen sebelius was briefed on those problems just a few weeks before she testified in congress that everything was set for the roll out of the site. in any case as the website continues to develop and people sign up, a certain number of young healthy people need to buy in. here to talk about how young adults are viewing the affordable care act, aaron smith, executive director of young invincibles. what are they saying with the website and warnings and red flags that were missed? >> first of all young people are one of the groups that have supported the healthcare law the most but there is a tremendous amount of confusion and lack of information out there. which is a challenge. where we are right now. we're six weeks in. there have been website challenges and enrollment has been low. but i think what we've seen in this that it takes time to infom young people and get them up to speed with what is in this, what their coverage options. what we saw in massachusetts was that those numbers spiked for young people particularly when they could see they could get a really g
>>> health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius had a bad day on capitol hill, telling president obama kept his health care promise, that obama care is working while apologizing for the fact that it doesn't. i'm lou dobbs. >>> good evening, everybody. hhs secretary kathleen sebelius today testified before the house energy and commerce committee. on the disastrous obama carrollout. sebelius took responsibility for the website failure while making the outrageous claim that the website has actually never crashed. >> we were anxious to get the website up and running and functional, which we clearly have failed to do to date, although i would suggest the website has never crashed, it is functional but at a very slow speed and very low reliability and has continued to function. >> and at the very moment that sebelius made that statement, the healthcare.gov system was down. and it stayed down for the duration of the hearing. sebelius did offer an apology, and she told the committee to hold her accountable for the obama care failure. while insisting that the president did not l
right? if you win three games in the national football league, you get fired. but, kathleen sebelius is in charge of this rollout. it's a disaster. but she doesn't get fired? i don't understand. i don't get it. >> no, but, bill, look, obamacare, i believe is, good for this country. more people are insured, costs go down. we should focus on that. but, yes, yes. they have to fix this rollout problem. they have got to fix it it i'm with you on that. >> thank you, governor, we appreciate you coming on tonight. >> directly ahead, were we as a nation better off in the 1950s than we are today? a powerful talking points moments away. [ dennis' voice ] allstate quickfoto claim. [ normal voice ] it's an app. you understand that? just take photos of the damage with your phone and upload them to allstate. really? so you get [dennis' voice] a quicker estimate, quicker payment, [normal voice] quicker back to normal. i just did it. but maybe you can find an app that will help you explain this to your...father. [ vehicle approaches ] [ dennis ] introducing quickfoto claim. just another way allstate
fired. but, kathleen sebelius is in charge of this rollout. it's a disaster. but she doesn't get fired? i don't understand. i don't get it. >> no, but, bill, look, obamacare, i believe is, good for this country. more people are insured, costs go down. we should focus on that. but, yes, yes. they have to fix this rollout problem. they have got to fix it it i'm with you on that. >> thank you, governor, we appreciate you coming on tonight. >> directly ahead, were we as a nation better off in the 1950s than we are today? the 1950s than we are today? a powerful hi honey, did you get e toaster cozy? yep. got all the cozies. [ grandma ] with n fedex one rate, i could ll a box and ship it r one flat rate. so i kn untilt was full. you'd be crazy not to. is tt nana? [ male announcer ] fedex one rate. simple, flat rate shipping with the reliability of fedex. so i deserve a small business credit card with amazing rewards. with the spark cascard from capital one, i get 2% cash back on ery purchase, every day. i break my back around here. finally soone's recognizing me with unlimited rewards! meetin
or are we forever now governed by kathleen sebelius and obama care? is there hope? >> we have to keep fighting. we can't stop. i agree with tom. we have to get democrats on board in the senate. there are senators now in the democratic side of the aisle who are taking the heat on this. i will tell you, people are angry b about the this and upset. the fact is we have to keep the heat on. we've got to keep pushing. revealing, shedding light on all the flaws in this as we have been doing and not let up. >> is there any hope for this website? i talked to some i.t. guys, professionals, congressman price is laughing. >> yeah. >> after hundreds of millions of dollars, do we have to scrap it? >> absolutely. the problem isn't just the website. the problem is the program itself. but the website is a symptom of the entire challenge that we have when the government tries to tell you what doctor you must see. what health care coverage plan you must purchase and cross all of the things through the irs and other governmental entitieses. it isn't going to work. we have now spent pushing $600 million o
of the month. that would be the headline except a new problem seems to have come up as kathleen sebelius returned to capitol hill for yet another grilling, this time a security risk to users. breanna keeler is following developments, live at the white house this morning. >> reporter: it was another damaging appearance on the hill for hhs secretary kathleen sebelius. as president obama headed to the lone star state, that's right, but not a coincidence that he was in texas where a republican governor has blocked the expansion of medicaid under the obama care law. >> it is wonderful to see all of you. >> reporter: texas, not exactly friendly territory for obama care. but that's where president obama went to criticize republican opposition to his signature health care reform program. and promised its faulty website will soon be up and running. >> we are working overtime to get this fixed. and the website is already better than it was at the beginning of october. and by the end of this month we anticipate it is going to be working the way it is supposed to. >> reporter: back in the hot seat a
was going to happen. thatid that he had no idea these problems were coming. we had kathleen sebelius come and say that everything was ready to go. -- if youe issue outlaw the kind of insurance people actually have, they won't be able to keep those plans. they passed a law three years ago to outlaw the kinds of insurance that people have in their surprise that people don't have that? we talked about that in the 2010 elections. we talked about it in the 2012 elections. we heard all of the soaring rhetoric and all of these problems and now we see what is happening. the way i see it, there are only two explanations. or they were being dishonest they are just incompetent. frankly, i don't know which one is the worse. left -- i think they are learning a pretty valuable lesson here. i think the valuable lesson that we are learning here, unfortunately, with all the human collateral damage with the old, care debacle is that you don't shut out the opposition. you don't cram a bad bill into law. when it all blows up in your face, i'm sorry is not going to cut it. that is the lesson i think they are
. kathleen sebelius wrote a blog o ahead of the deadline. now. some highlights on the screen f for you and all of our viewers g now. i want you to see, she's put a shopping theme to getting is coverage on the website once it goes live, she says the product is popular, so avoid the lines and shop healthcare.gov during off-peak hours, morningings, nights, weekends. then the next point is, have your income and tax informationb ready whener you logon. and there are 23 shopping days in december for coverage starting january 1, 2014. no need to rush. unless you've got a cancellation notice and you are desperate to get health care. your thoughts? >> isn't it very amazing that wi have the united states federal government that is starting to r sound like a very cheap retailer. i don't think that once again helps the confidence and credibility of this administration. and no little gimmick is going u to solve this issue.budget o the american people are very ino concerned. even when you think about what the congressional budget office says, ten years into this lost they're saying there will stil
kathleen sebelius going before the senate finance committee today. last week she told members of the house she was sorry for the obama care website debacle. newly released documents show the site had even more problems than first reported. >>> the brother of the new jersey mall shooter says his family still does not know why he did it. kevin shoop says his brother richard didn't plan to hurt anyone but himself. a friend of the shooter said he sent him a message that said they needed to talk but he was already asleep and he did not respond. >>> new details in a mysterious plane crash last week. preliminary ntsb reports says the pilot, michael kallen filed a flight plan showing a short trip within canada. he did not talk to air traffic control at the nashville airport before he crashed. the wreckage was not spotted until some six hours after the crash. >>> two oklahoma inmates who escaped through a prison shower ceiling are back behind bars this morning. they were picked up at a home not far from the prison. they were part of a group of four inmates who made a clean getaway last month climbi
-- a microscope to the health- care law. in addition to what we have seen with kathleen sebelius and marilyn tavenner, they may want againr from the top brass as to whether they want to update their thinking on a law. we may get more big picture stuff in december. host: more about life on the hill. here is "the wall street journal." thatg the point immigration, tax reform, a budget breakthrough, things are on hold or frozen. what does it mean? guest: the affordable care act takes oxygen out of the room. it is so politically potent. it affects everyone's constituents. they are getting the most calls on it, too. it provokes strong feelings. the agenda has come to a standstill, there is evidence that some of these things were at a standstill already. the affordable care act, that is how you fill the vacuum at a standstill. over the summer, when immigration was a big topic. when it became clear that that was stalling, the affordable care act came back with a vengeance. that was the issue everyone wanted to talk about. there is some truth that it gets in the way of everything else. also, it is a
on capitol hill about the disastrous obamacare rollout, health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius returns today for round 2. what can we expect to hear? joining us from the senate side, pennsylvania senator pat toomy, a member of the senate finance committee. he's going to be there this morning. good morning to you, senator. >> good morning, steve. >> i bet she's going to get an ear full because i know you guys in the senate have been getting an ear full from your constituents who suddenly have gotten those, hey, you've just been canceled notes in the mail. >> that is exactly right. of course, you know, how many times has the president promised people that if you like the coverage you have, you'll get to keep it? we always knew that was untrue. now, of course, it's coming home. and it's devastating to people. three and a half million so far have gotten these letters. because of obamacare, they lose their coverage. their plan no longer meets the satisfaction of the president and his administration. and here's what's devastating, steve. because of the incompetent rollout and the lac
. >> still have full confidence in kathleen sebelius? >> i think she under tremendous ly difficult circumstances over the last 4 1/2 years has done a great job in setting up the insurance markets so there is a good product out there for people to get. kathleen sebelius doesn't write code, she wasn't our i.t. person. i think she would be the first to admit that if we had to do it all over again that there would have been a whole lot more questions that were asked in terms of how this thing is working. but my priority right now is to get it fixed. and -- you know ultimately. >> is she still the right person to do ido. >> buck stops with me. it's my team. >> alex wagner, joy reid, and steve, here to analyze what the president had to say about health care. later for the first time we hear president obama talk about whether or not he wanted to drop joe biden as his runningmate in favor of hillary clinton? and placed it in his factory for all to see. ♪ four simple words where the meaning has never been lost. the challenge always accepted. and the calling forever answered. ♪ introduci
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. and is not just democratic republican. host: thank you. kathleen sebelius was on capitol hill this week. here is a portion. >> in these early weeks, access to healthcare.gov has been a miserably frustrating experience for many americans. this includes many who have waited years, in some cases their entire lives, for the protection of health insurance. i am as frustrated as anyone with the flop launch of healthcare.gov. let me say directly to these americans, you deserve at her. i apologize. you forountable to fixing these problems. i'm committed to earning your confidence back to fixing the site. night andking day and we will continue until it is fixed. host: and from the washington times this morning, the senate panel imposes new restrictions. the committee voted thursday to officially conduct term the nsa's ability to collect information. it imposes new restrictions on federal authorities who want to sift through the data. the 11-4 vote marks the first time that any part of congress has approved table records collection. that was a closely held secret until edward snowden leaked details ear
and human services secretary kathleen sebelius will go before the senate finance committee next week when she's expected to answer more questions about this disastrous rollout. peter has more on that from washington. great to see you, peter. >> good to see you, too, jamie. there's a brand new banner on the home page of healthcare.gov announcing daily outages from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. eastern, so technical improvements can be made. the outages are going to impact the online application process, but other parts of the site will remain online throughout. earlier this week, president obama visited boston to compare the affordable care act rollout to the roll out of mitt romney' health care plan in massachusetts. however, mitt romney said in the last hour or so, those comparisons are no good. >> the key, i think, that has really undermined the president's credibility in the hearts of the american people is that he wept out as a centerpiece of his campaign and as a centerpiece of obama care over the last several years saying time and time again that fundamental to his plan was the right peopl
will do this. >> health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius says treatment in line with physical care. >> now that incredibly important law combined with the affordable care act will expand and protect behavioral health benefits for more than 62 million americans. this is the largest expansion of behavioral health coverage in pooh generation. >> meanwhile the white house is facing more problems with healthcare.gov. jeff zeinz who is leading the effort to fix site, says his group is miking progress but discovering more roadblocks. >>> why are people moving up and trying to find work? we'll ask the labor secretary. and twitter's brand-new stock has made a lot of people very rich but some people living in san francisco say their new wealthy is costing them their homes. >>real. >>unconventional. >>an escape from the expected. what happens when social media uncovers unheard, fascinating news stories? >> they share it on the stream. >> social media isn't an after-thought, it drives discussion across america. >> al jazeera america's social media community, on tv and online
will sign the bill that was passed by the legislature on tuesday. >>> kathleen sebelius will be answering more questions about problems with the federal health exchange website later this morning. she'll testify before a senate committee. >>> in sports the 49ers alden smith returned to the team and spoke about his alcohol rehab for the first time. find out what the star linebacker has to say in a bit. >>> the storm system marching across the country is bringing rain eastward. i'll have the forecast and plus the latest on a super typhoon. >>> in the next hour, the press secretary for the republican national committee will join us live. we'll ask here if the election results reflect how americans feel about the republican party and how the tea party factored into the votes yesterday. >>> "al jazeera america" continues in two and a half minutes. thomas drayton and i will have all of the day's top news. >> they say they did it because they were trying to protect my children. they didn't protect my children, they traumatized them. >> fault lines examines why so many native american kids are ca
on the implementation of the affordable care act and the healthcare.gov website. halfling sebelius testified -- kathleen sebelius does divide on wednesday and apologized for the flaws of the website as it was launched october 1. >> thank you. members of the committee, i left my position as governor of kansas for the opportunity to continue the work i've been doing for most of my over 35 years of public service to expand opportunities for all americans, gardens of geography or gender or income to have affordable health coverage. during my years as a state is a governor, a two-term i have worked on that effort that i care deeply about. there are still millions of americans who are uninsured as well as underinsured. forle have some coverage some illness, but had no real protection from financial ruin and no confidence he will take care of themselves and their families if they have an accident or an illness. and for them a new day has finally come. in these early weeks, access to healthcare.gov has been miserably frustrating experience for way too many americans. including many who have waiting sometimes th
services secretary kathleen sebelius taken a lot of heat over this. she is blaming the start date of october won on the law itself. watch from a few weeks ago. >> i think in an ideal world it would have been a lot more testing. we did not have the luxury of that. it is go time on october 1. bill: that was late october. here's a fact check of what she just said. the law says the enrollment period should be determined by the secretary. fox news digital politics editor, host of "power play" on foxnews.com. good morning to you. the first time i heard about it. what is the truth? >> what is funny is this is an administration that has been very choosy when it comes to which parts of the law they like in force in which parts of the law they don't like enforcing. most famously the decision to grant large employers a one-year delay in the time to have two provide insurance for their workers. they caught a lot of flack for that. as for the october 1 date, she does have broad discretion as relates to that, but a new piece out in "washington post" today that sheds more light on why she decide
audio] >> like last week, today's testimony will be followed tomorrow by kathleen sebelius who will be before the senate finance committee to answer questions about the rollout of the health care excite and more. today's hearing will be available shortly online at www.c-span.org. ,omorrow fostering at 10:00 live on c-span. carl icahn were today continues this afternoon at 2:30 eastern, with the seller foreign license committee, holding a hearing on the disability rights and international law treaty before the united nations. tom ridge will testify along with richard thornburgh and tammy duckworth. that is this afternoon at 2:30. tonight, live coverage of election results in new jersey and virginia. both states are electing governors today. live coverage at 9:00 on c-span. impact of the health care law on hospitals and the quality of care was the subject of an event held by u.s. news & world report monday. donna shea leyla took part in this discussion. also bill frist. [applause] and thanks for allowing me to host this panel. this is an amazing group of folks appear. ,, i doi ge
. >> today health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius announce a number of people who had had enrolled, and that figure released earlier this afternoon. david dropped her is just -- david drucker is joining us from capitol hill. is it a good or bad thing? we will need millions and millions more americans in the exchanges in order to subsidize expanded coverage that the law mandates. that it perspective will go up from here, we could say it was a rough start that will be remedied once the website is fixed and people become more comfortable with the law. >> the hearings tend to focus on the launch of healthcare.gov. the legislative action in the arena seems to be turning to letting people stay or remain on their health care plans and not have to change them over. tell us about what is coming up later in the house this week. >> on friday, the house will vote on a bill that would allow americans who purchased health care in the individual market to keep the plan they have if they want to through the end of 2014. insurance companies who have been transitioning to the new obamacare,
obama and kathleen sebelius have appalls id for the failures -- apologized for the failures. there is a toll free number that is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. >>> he says he told the fbi in 2003 that osama bin laden was hiding in pakistan. he says he got that information from a intelligence official. u.s. officials said a reward will not be paid. >>> new figures show premature births dropped in the united states. the 2012 rate was 11.5%. that is a 15 year low. but it could be as low as 9.6% if prevention measures were widely embraced. the united states ranked 131. landing the u.s. with somalia, turkey and thailand. >>> angry letter turned into a tale of good will. she is a student who works to support herself and after she bought a bike it was stolen. she tapped an angry letter up to the angry bike rack and when people took pictures and posted it it went viral. >> i have been struggling to do this and it was the one nice thing i bought. >> she has gotten offers from several peoples to replace her bike. she is very excited about the nice people offering to help her out.
. >> and this week the head of hhs, kathleen sebelius testifies once again on capitol hill on wednesday. >> did i hear that correctly, he said we have a couple years to get this up and running correctly, and people are getting cancelation notices from their health care providers right now? >> that's right. the government said they want to get it working properly by the end of november as well. >> thank you. >>> a triumph return for the new york city marathon. there was much at stake this time around with the cancelation of last year's race due to super storm sandy and the deadly bombings at the boston marathon a few months ago. it was a double win for kenya. one successfully defended his title, and then another kenyan for the women. they both finished the course in just under 2 1/2 hours. the police covered every each of the winding course. and bomb-sniffing dogs covered the city streets. >> it was a picture perfect and cold day as a record over 50,000 runners participated in this year's new york city marathon stretching 26.2 miles through statten i will through the burrows. we are standing ten b
in the private sector somebody would have already lost their job. >> kathleen sebelius said the webs should work smoothly for the vast majority of users by the end of this month. peter is covering is for us and is live in washington. how long until healthcare.gov can handle more than 80%? >> possible it's always going to be like that. the white house said in the last hour that two out of every ten consumers who are interested in ebb -- enrolling won't be able to use healthcare.gov to sign up or won't want to. >> as hard as we work -- and we are working and continue to work on improving the web site and its functionality, it has always been the case we need to make sure that there are other avenues for people with complex situations or people who would rather not perform this kind of purchase online. >> reporter: the white house says nobody should worry if only 80% of consumers can access healthcare.gov because the other 20% can apply over the phone or in person. >> let's back up to before this computer actually got up and running. there were some red flags in congress they're investigating this.
kathleen sebelius did. come on and say we are sorry and it's not where it needs to be. we are working around the clock and it will be up and running by november 30th. we are putting time into making sure it's viable. look for issa to get into the nitty greaty and say when did you know it wasn't working. was it an issue of contractors? you mentioned the officer for the white house. another interesting guy to look at is the it gentlemen named henry chow. he's not a political appointee. he served republicans and democrats. he will be someone who knows how this website was created through cms and that's the guy who delivers the most explosive testimony on the republican side. overall what this is today is really the gop plan for the rest of the year. as one leadership aide told me, this is the health care holiday season. they don't have anything else to do. the government is funded until january 15th. immigration is not going to happen. the farm bill is facing an uphill battle. this is where they will put their time and effort from now until christmas. you saw that strategy. drip, drip, d
. not closely involved. i do not want to overstate that. host: kathleen sebelius has taken responsibility. she has said she is to blame for this. who else is responsible? what could the government has done differently? guest: i do not know who had their fingerprints all over this and who did not. the fundamental mistake was not doing what a number of mistakes, including massachusetts, have done. there are 2 sets of initiatives required to implement reform. one is a whole set of regulations, which i think hhs has done a reasonably good job of doing under pressure. the other element is to create a new marketplace. a commercial enterprise for which the traditional agencies are not well-suited. a number of the states that have done exchanges have set up semi- independent agencies with a board of directors appointed by the governor and others. like the sec or the fcc. they were able to develop a new function for government rather than lodge it in and existing agency. host: do they permit medical underwriting? in massachusetts? host: it is important with the aca and the rest of the country. we had a
for those democrats to the support. earlier today, health and human services secretary, kathleen sebelius told reporters since october 1, 106,185 people have enrolled. 79,000 enrolled through state exchanges. and about 27,000 enrolled through that federal exchange. that has the had so many problems. that is about 21% of what the obama administration had expected to enroll before the exchanges were open. another 975,407 people have completed applications for insurance but have not yet made the purchase. many of those people are shopping for family plans. and the administration estimates that is coverage for 1.5 million people. an additional $396,261 people have signed up for medicaid. secretary sebelius insisted today enrollment under the affordable care act is comparable to early days of enrollment under the health care reform law that massachusetts enacted in 2006 under governor romney. >> we can reasonably expect the numbers will grow substantially over the next five months as they did in massachusetts which enrolled only .3%. or 123 people in its first month. we know from experience in
. they are calling for deduct ability for mental care match others. kathleen sebelius underscored how important the measure is. >> that incredibly important law combined with the affordable care act will expand and protect behavioural health benefits for more than 62 million americans. this is the largest expansion of behavioural health coverage in a generation. >> the obama administration is facing more problems with healthcare.gov. problems with user overload are popping up. the leader of the tech teams working to fix the glitches say they are making progress. >>> family members of a victim killed in the navy yard shooting is suing the government for $37 million, the family says the navy and department of vat ran affairs ignored warning signs about the shooter's mental health. the navy is not commenting. 12 died when keith alexander went on -- when alexize went on a shooting rampage. >> a new york detective was a picture, and a bikie gang faces charges. a victim bumped a biker with his suv and ran over another biker while trying to get away from the group. when they did manage to catch up wit
. a arthroscopeut -- a microscope to the health- care law. in addition to what we have seen with kathleen sebelius and marilyn tavenner, they may want againr from the top brass as to whether they want to update their thinking on a law. we may get more big picture stuff in december. host: more about life on the hill. here is "the wall street journal." thatg the point immigration, tax reform, a budget breakthrough, things are on hold or frozen. what does it mean? guest: the affordable care act takes oxygen out of the room. it is so politically potent. it affects everyone's constituents. they are getting the most calls on it, too. it provokes strong feelings. the agenda has come to a standstill, there is evidence that some of these things were at a standstill already. the affordable care act, that is how you fill the vacuum at a standstill. over the summer, when immigration was a big topic. when it became clear that that was stalling, the affordable care act came back with a vengeance. that was the issue everyone wanted to talk about. there is some truth that it gets in the way of everything else. al
and you know what kathleen sebelius is doing now? put her picture up and put up miss wakefield's picture and say, what are you doing, miss wakefield? what are you doing, kathleen sebelius? they're saying, we're going to change it not by law, 'cause we've lost in the law. we've lost in the federal courts. by regulation. we're going to demand that there can't be compensation for people who give bone marrow through blood, just like you donate blood, just like you donate platelets. painless. not a big procedure. and certainly they showed the federal court that bone marrow is not an organ like the kidneys. but they want to decide whether you get bone marrow or your family gets bone marrow or not as 1,000 people die each year. >> it's obvious the problem. how is the federal government thinking people will get rich on this? >> they're saying, well, they're going to profiteer over it somehow and it should be a matter of philanthropy, that someone gives it to you. philanthropy has not worked in this environment. if people could be compensated with scholarships or enhancements in some way to say y
the administration's back, still have kathleen sebelius' back. i think they just want to know that on this next round, their concerns have been heard and the problems get fixed. >> well, i think that if you're a democrat who is up for election in 2014 and you're not concerned about how this is going, you don't have your head screwed on right. i think there is a lot of nervousness on the hill and a lot of gleeful anticipation of this among republicans, and i think also, although there has been a lot of debate as to how much of a factor this was in virginia, a lot of people, even on the democratic side, have sneaking suspicion that this helped make that a close race. >> you think so? what's your take on this? do you think this had an effect in virginia, i think there's a lot of debate about that, and do you think this really could cause mary landrieu or any of these republicans -- i'm sorry, any of these democrats in purple maybe red-leaning states or maybe solid red states, to lose their jobs? >> i do, and there are a lot of them. i think the biggest problem, the substance of this is terrible but it a
and human services secretary kathleen sebelius weighed in to say there is no plan to help people who lost their health care and now face way higher health care costs. >> there isn't i would say a specific plan. the president has asked to take a look at those coverage options. but there isn't any specific proposal at the table immediately. >> ouch! on top of that republicans put out some shockingly abysmal numbers of enrollment in one city, washington, d.c. jim, another rough day. >> reporter: president obama was down in new orleans. he nounced that fixing the problems playinging the website will be far from it. he did not touch on that apology he offered to americans who were losing their health insurance. officials do insist they're searching for solutions for those consume here's are seeing their coverage canceled. obama care continues to be in critical condition. senate republicans released letters from top insurance companies indicating only five people signed up in washington, d.c. in october. the d.c. officials said those numbers don't show the whole picture of enrollment and intere
. he said he had no idea these problems were in the offering. we had kathleen sebelius come to the committee and say everything was ready to go. here's the issue -- if you outlaw the kind of insurance that people actually have, they won't be able to keep those plans. they passed the law three years ago to outlaw the kind of insurance people have and they're surprised people don't have them? >> congressman paul ryan last night in iowa, altoona, iowa campaigning with the eye on the possibility of running in 2016. this is a headline for john thank wiseman of "the new york times," in the fracus on health coverage, some feel exposed. the reversal of political fortunes in the past month has been head spinning. republicans were contending with the voter fury over the 16-day shutdown. democrats had the momentum. now over obama care, republicans have found their voice. >> if you represent a conservative district as a democrat, you live your entire existence in fear. that gives people a narrow view of what's going on in the political world and what the future is like. you see those de
how many americans have signed up for obama care. hhs secretary kathleen sebelius confirming just a short time ago that the initial enrollment numbers are woefully short of the administration's targetnd far below even their lowered expectations. i'm lou dobbs. >>> good evening, everybody. the number is 106,000. that's how many americans have enrolled in health care plans in the state and federal exchanges through the first month of obama care, just a fifth of what administration officials had projected before the launch of healthcare.gov and the opening of the exchanges. to make matters worse, the federal exchanges operating in 36 states accounted for only 27,000 of those successful enrollments. 80,000 originated in the state-run insurance exchanges. on a conference call this afternoon, secretary sebelius revealed the embarrassingly low number, but then opened herself and the administration up to outright ridicule by calling those numbers consistent with what massachusetts, a state of only 6.5 million people, experienced in its initial rollout of romney care. sebelius also did not
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